Pet Peeve

I have noticed that there has been a lot of programming on AMC that is not what I would call American Movie Classics. Two of their current favorites are Road House and anything by Chuck Norris. At no point in my mind do this movies qualify as an American classic.

So how would you define an American Movie Classic?

2 Comments

  • Luke

    August 5, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    I too have noticed the sub-par movies that AMC shows. But AMC is on to something here: why do we define “classics” as something that is considered by the masses and critics “good.” I hate the Chuck Norris movies, but I find myself consumed with watching because I want to see how predictable the plot will actually get, how unrealistic the fighting scenes will be, and just how awful a script can really be. Can we define classics as just something that draws our attention?…I hope not.

    By the way, saw that you are reading Batterson’s book. I read it last week on the honeymoon- a good book nonetheless. What have you thought about it so far?

  • Jeremy Davidson

    August 9, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Luke, Batterson’s book is really good. It challenges you to step out and take risks. I will be reviewing his new book on the blog next week. You will have to check it out.

    We really should have a higher standard for the word classics than the work of Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal. Maybe a channel called “American Movies that Got Made,” AMGM. That sounds better to me.